A big thank you to all those involved in our recent Habitat for Humanity construction project. There are at least two groups of people to thank: those who donated money and materials and those who gave of their time and labor to actually build the house. This was house No. 9 for our community-wide effort. I learned a few years ago from a mentor that if one tries to name everyone that was involved in a project someone is always missed so I will not go down that path. But, as usual, there were at least eight churches, six civic groups, 14 local businesses and 15 individuals who donated financially to the project. The actual construction project included 356 volunteers working four or more hours on the house.
There is still a lot of work to be done by the subcontractors before the new family can move in later this summer, but our work is finished. When it gets time to landscape, we will spread the word for about 20 more volunteers. This fall we will begin contacting groups about making pledges toward construction of a big milestone...house No. 10. We will be kicking it off with our second annual Mansfield Shootout . That is a clay tournament Sept. 26. We raised $5,000 from the event last year and hope to raise double that this year.
I will break the rule with acknowledging one special person who makes this community project a winner every year: Amanda Rogers and the Mansfield News-Mirror. Thanks again to the greatest group of citizens in the USA. Proud to be a member of the city of Mansfield for 37 years!